Tim Tebow in The NFL???

Ralph HarperContributor IOctober 19, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  A fan of the Florida Gators holds up a sign about quarterback Tim Tebow #15 (not pictured) during the game against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After Saturday's performance against the Arkansas Razorbacks, many are buzzing across the internet with the same question, "Is Tim Tebow what the NFL is looking for in a QB?"   "Will Tebow be up front and center as an NFL dominating QB next year?"  It is an honest question to ask considering this year's performances, but let's all be fair as we consider this question.

What is the NFL looking for in a QB?  If the most important consideration in the NFL when searching for a QB is whether or not he can throw a beautiful spiral pass, then Tebow will not make it.  But I believe he will be selected as an NFL QB, and here is why I believe that.

1.  Tim Tebow consistently wins games.  He may not throw sweet passes in one game, and he may not run as many yards in another game, and he may make some mistakes in some games, but at the end of every game, he has done the job.  He is a playmaker.  He wins games because he is a winner.

2.  Tim Tebow is a great leader.  Teammates will follow Tebow's strong leadership in the huddle because he cares about people, he is not divisive, he is not a showboat who's prideful, he has the right attitude with his teammates and his coaches, and he has a great head on his shoulders that can make quick decisions under severe pressure.  He can lead teams to victory.

3.  Tim Tebow is a magnet.  He is a publicity draw.  The NFL is about MONEY.  The NFL knows that people will pay to see Tim Tebow perform.  Even people who dislike the Florida Gators will often watch Tebow and listen to Tebow, and then end up saying, "I really like this guy!"  Why?  Because he is a likable guy and a successful athlete.

4.  Tim Tebow makes mistakes, yes, but so does every other QB in the NFL.  The difference in Tebow and many other highly paid QB's already in the NFL is that when Tebow makes mistakes, he recognizes them and then overcomes them somehow to inspire his team enough to keep their hearts in the game and pull out a win.

5.  Tim Tebow is a bull.  He is big enough, strong enough, smart enough, tough enough, fast enough, and hard-working enough to take the next step into the NFL as a leading QB.  If you don't believe me, just ask the Tennessee leading linebacker that he plowed over this year.  Can you say, "Bull-Dozer?"

6.  Tim Tebow is recognized by NFL QB's in interviews as having the ability to be a great NFL QB.  Those who are in the NFL as QB's acknowledge his supreme athleticism and believe he is capable of being a dominating force as an NFL QB.  Who better to make the assessment?  But if you're not convinced, then consider what the college coaches are saying?  Most that I have heard interviewed not only believe that he will be a successful NFL QB, but they mention that they like him and hope to see him playing as a NFL QB next year.

To all the fair-weather nay-sayers out there who switch opinions each week based on occasional poor performances, may I say, Tebow is still winning games.  And at the end of the day, whoever has the most points on the board walks away the winner.  And a poor performance for Tim Tebow is an outstanding performance when compared to other QB's.  The problem is, most people declaring that he performed poorly are only saying that because they are comparing Tebow's normal performances which are super.  Tebow's average is excellent.  Tebow is a winner, and come the NFL draft day, he will win big.  There are a number of good reasons to be convinced that Tebow will be in the limelight next year as a chief competitor in the NFL as a QB.  Of course, that is if he doesn't get hurt before the season is through, which leads to another question:  Should Tim Tebow have come back this year rather than going into the NFL?  But I guess that's another question for another day, and the truth is, it makes no difference now because that decision was already made.